ST. ALBANS, Maine — The town has announced it received a Safety Enhancement Grant this week from the Maine Municipal Association.
The $572.02 grant will be used to purchase new orange cones and “Work Zone” barricades for use by the town’s road crew, according to Town Manager Rhonda Stark. An inspector for a safety agency told the town during a recent inspection that its aging signs and cones were well past their useful life and “should be thrown away,” according to Stark. She said the St. Albans Fire Department has received several safety grants from the MMA over the years, but that this was a first for the town’s highway crew.
“We’re extremely happy we were chosen,” said Stark. “This will definitely save the town some funds.”
The MMA has been awarding safety grants to members of its Workers’ Compensation Fund since 1999. The program has given more than $2 million in funding through 1,632 safety enhancement grants and 329 scholarship grants, according to a press release.
Ed MacDonald, loss control manager for the MMA, said the program received 176 applicants during the most recent grant period and awarded more than $150,000 to Maine towns. The grants are used to purchase safety equipment or services that assist in reducing the frequency or severity of workplace injuries.